CDs & DVDs
CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs
Not too many years ago, burning a CD-ROM was a fairly exotic process. Today, almost any new computer comes pre-installed with a CD-R drive and software to manage your files. Archiving files and burning music CDs is fairly common.
But what if you need a richer media experience with interactive features and links to the World Wide Web...running locally from a CD-ROM? The New Media Integration Group has extensive experience creating interactive CD-ROMs with text, sound, digital videos and imagery, using a variety of creation tools and methods. We can duplicate small runs of CDs in-house (about a baker's dozen), or manage the packaging, shrinkwrap and replication of CD-ROMs if larger numbers of discs are needed.
Need an HTML website written to a CD-ROM, but don't want all those files and folders splatted at the root directory level of the CD? We've devised a solution for that, too.
We're also adept at making hybrid CDs that run on both Windows- and Macintosh-based computers to appeal to a wider audience.
Of course if you need a little more storage space than the 640 MegaBytes on a CD, a DVD-R can house up to 4.7 GigaBytes of data (single-sided, single-layer). We can assist you with these larger capacity optical media.
Do you have research videos hanging around in storage boxes? How about event coverage or promotional materials on videotape? Assuming there is no copyright infringement or copy guard impediments, we are ready to transfer these materials to the DVD-Video Disc format...just like the feature films you buy with high quality, full-frame, full-motion playback capability. We can also manage the packaging, shrinkwrap and replication of DVD-Video Discs if larger numbers of discs are needed.
We have three tiers of DVD-Video Disc transfers:
- Direct-to-DVD: We can encode analog or DV video directly to a DVD-R via Firewire, Composite or Component connections. Up to one hour of material can be transferred at high quality on one DVD disc; or up to two hours can be encoded at a lower, VHS quality level. The Direct-to-DVD process is almost real-time and offers a quick turn-around. A limited number of chapter marks can be created if we transfer several chunks of video.
- Fast-Track DVD Authoring: Using the capabilities of Apple's iDVD software, in combination with the FinalCut Pro non-linear editing tool or iMovie, we can generate the look and feel of an authored, interactive DVD. Some restrictions apply to this method and navigation of the disc is fairly structured and not customizable. DVD-Video Discs created with our Fast-Track method are playable on most consumer DVD players and on most Windows-based or Macintosh-based computers and laptops with built-in DVD drives.
- Custom DVD Authoring : If you need a more feature-rich experience with sophisticated navigation through a DVD containing many stills and motion sequences, we can use our Apple DVD Studio Pro authoring software. This comprehensive package, in combination with Adobe Photoshop and QuickTime, allows us to design and develop very complex DVD-Video Discs with custom menus and navigation. DVD-Video Discs created with our Custom Authored method are playable on most consumer DVD players and on most Windows-based or Macintosh-based computers and laptops with built-in DVD drives.
Our team would love to show you projects we've designed for various clients and provide background information on the DVD-Video Disc medium itself. If you would like to visit an ever-developing website we generated for workshops we teach on DVD design and production, point your web browser to http://stream.uen.org/medsol/dvd/home.html.
Paul E. Burrows, Manager
Media Solutions, New Media Integration